Wildlife officials probe deaths of Canada Geese

July 16, 2012 8:18:48 PM PDT
State wildlife officials said someone intentionally killed 20 Canada Geese that nested around the Highland Country Club last month.

Both NC State wildlife officers and agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office are investigating the incident. Wildlife officers told ABC11 that this was no prank or mistake -- it was an intentional bird slaughter.

Club member Mike Boose is shocked

"I am glad to see they have reported it and are taking steps to co-operate with an investigation with the wildlife resources people," said Boose.

Club officials found the dead birds floating in a pond on the course.

In an e-mail statement, the club's lawyer said Highland Country Club immediately reported the incident to the USDA in Raleigh as required by law. It went on to say "As a result of our internal investigation, the loss of the Canadian Geese was not caused by any of its golf operations, or employees."

Wildlife officers are investigating. They wouldn't comment on the incident, but said the birds are federally protected.

"You need to contact our local officer, and we can issue a permit where they can be taken legally under that permit by legal means," said Sgt. Kent Barefoot, with N.C. Wildlife.

Meanwhile, Boose and other club members said if this was a prank, it not funny.

"I attribute to either an irate neighbor in the neighborhood, or kids thinking it is fun or funny, when it isn't," said Boose.

Wildlife officials said they have identified a person of interest in this case. They hope to have the case wrapped up by the end of the week.

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